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make your own battery charger (austospeed article)

Posted: Mon, 21 Jan 2013, 18:11
by AMPrentice
http://autospeed.com/cms/A_112906/article.html

seems good but the title pic showing the complete unit with the black transormer on the wooden base looks like a Zivan or some kind of brand unit nothing like the inset pic below with the other black unit.

make your own battery charger (austospeed article)

Posted: Mon, 21 Jan 2013, 18:46
by coulomb
This is the worst kind of totally unregulated charger you can imagine. In fact, with the suggested 12 V transformer, it will be applying peaks of 17 V, less two diode drops, call it 15 V, to the battery. I'm not liking it. Proper 12 V battery chargers aren't that dear.

I think the black unit in the title picture is just his halogen transformer, not a Zivan charger.

make your own battery charger (austospeed article)

Posted: Mon, 21 Jan 2013, 20:25
by Richo
Yeah I wouldn't recommend it.
And is only useful IF you have those parts laying around.
otherwise is cheaper to buy a proper one.

The one at the end of the story isn't cheap - just looking at the skiived heatsink...

make your own battery charger (austospeed article)

Posted: Fri, 25 Jan 2013, 02:42
by cts_casemod
I am building a cheap HV charger based on a computer SMPS. Its only 300Watts but it is stackable as required (For my case 4x300W = 1.2KW to charge a 6.5KW 650V Battery.
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make your own battery charger (austospeed article)

Posted: Sat, 26 Jan 2013, 16:31
by AMPrentice
I havent voted for the article but now with the help of your comments I will vote Image